The work of a widely known contemporary African-American artist is displayed at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art through April 6.
Emancipating the Past: Kara Walker’s Tales of Slavery and Power includes work from a variety of different mediums, but her style is recognizable and distinct. Typically, she uses stark black-and-white silhouette pieces.
“The medium that Kara Walker chooses, which is this 19th-century Victorian silhouette, what is usually this sterile, very composed, black outline – mainly profiles, things you’d give to your grandmother, or things you made in elementary school for Valentine’s Day,” museum Communications Manager Debbie Williamson-Smith said. “But one of the most powerful things about this medium is it really allows the viewers to fill in the blanks with their own assumptions.”
Already eliminated from playoffs contention, the Lane men’s basketball team had a chance to play spoiler when the Titans took on the Chemeketa Community College Storm on Feb. 22 in Salem.
The Storm entered the game locked in a fourth-place tie with the Mount Hood Community College Saints, and needed a win over the Titans to keep their playoffs hopes alive.
Lane gave their best punch, and Titans sophomores Alex Sattley and Zach Kirschbaum delivered two of their strongest performances of the season, combining to score 56 points.
For the second season in a row, the Lane women’s basketball team will finish the regular season as runner-ups in the NWAACC South Region.
Although they had a chance to finish tied for first with the Umpqua Community College Riverhawks, the Titans’ hopes of a regional championship were dashed after a 64-63 loss to the Chemeketa Community College Storm on Dec. 22.
Lane Head Coach Greg Sheley knows better than anyone that a regional championship isn’t necessary to win an NWAACC championship; his team was crowned champions last season despite finishing second in the South Region.
In 2013, a talented Lane baseball team missed a spot in the Northwest Athletic Association playoffs by just two games.
Only six players returned from last year’s squad, and the Titans will have some big shoes to fill with the loss of South Region All-Stars, Shaun Boehm, Matt Taylor and Nic Coffman.
However, thanks to the addition of a talented freshman class and several key transfer players, this year’s Titans have a chance to take a step forward from where last year’s left off.
Lane head coach Josh Blunt said that the team will employ more small-ball play this season. “The one thing that we’re going to have this year, is we’re going to run really, really well,” Blunt said. “We were big last year, and physical. This year it’s kind of the opposite – which was the gameplan. To get faster in a wooden bat league.”
Lane student-lobbyists traveled to the Capitol to testify on behalf of a bill that would guarantee students’ access to voter registration Feb. 19.
Senate Bill 1581 would require every institution of higher learning to give their school’s student government and any officially recognized student group an opportunity to provide voter registration services on campus.
Associated Students of Lane Community College Vice President Anayeli Jimenez and ASLCC State Affairs Director Sara Shepherd testified before state lawmakers.
According to a 2012 report released by the Oregon Health Authority, the most recent available, suicide is the second-leading cause of death among Oregonians ages 15 to 34. The health authority also reported that Oregon’s suicide rate is 35 percent higher than the national average.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention reports suicide rates are highest in spring, peaking around April. At least 90 percent of those who choose to end their lives have a diagnosable mental illness at the time of their death, according to the foundation.
Lane sent 37 students to attend the 24th annual Northwest Student Leadership Conference at Portland State University’s main campus.
The NWSLC ran from Feb. 21 to Feb. 23. Several schools from Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Alaska and Canada sent delegates to the conference.
Lane’s delegation represented student organizations, such as the campus’ chapter of Oregon Student Public Interest Research Group and the student government. Other students were unaffiliated with any campus organizations.
“Meeting new people from different schools, I was able to make (helpful) connections with the goals that I have for future terms here at Lane,” OSPIRG campaign organizer Sharlita Holmes said.
Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., provided closing remarks when the Northwest Student Leadership Conference ended Feb. 23 at Portland State University.
Merkley told students that he prioritized the affordability of education, seeing a need to increase Pell Grants and to subsidize student loans to keep the cost down. Merkley believes a study he has solicited will reveal that student loans will be a source of profit for the federal government.
“This is an attack on our aspirational society,” Merkley said. “That’s completely unacceptable. If anything, the loans should be subsidized facilitating the ability of student (to attend college).”